UN Security Council calls for ‘return to de-escalation efforts’ in Yemen

The United Nations Security Council called on Thursday for “an immediate cessation” of hostilities in Yemen, which it said posed a threat to the political process, and for a return to de-escalation efforts.”

“The Members of the Security Council expressed their serious concern at the significant escalation of violence in Nehm and Al Jawf and its impact on civilians, thousands of whom had been displaced in recent days,” the council said in a unanimously passed declaration.

The text said it was necessary to maintain a ceasefire in the western city of Hodeidah, as per a landmark agreement signed in Sweden in December 2018 and hailed as Yemen’s best chance so far to end the fighting.

The Council members also called for the “immediate stop to all intimidation of humanitarian workers” and “safe and unhindered access” in the north of the country.

The declaration came after an emergency Council meeting held on Tuesday at Britain’s request.

The members of the Security Council expressed their serious concern at the significant escalation of violence in Nehm and Al Jawf and its impact on civilians, thousands of whom had been displaced in recent days.

They underlined their disappointment at this return to violence, which threatens to undermine progress made during